Algerian national and last season's awardee, Riyad Mahrez, expressed: "It means a lot; it's something big for African players so I am very happy, I am very proud", the Leicester City man said following his achievement.
Two Liverpool players have been nominated for the BBC's African player of the year award.
After struggling to make an impact in his early years at Stamford Bridge, Moses has found form under Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, and was a key figure at right wing-back as the Blues cruised to the Premier League title last season.
Moses is joined on the list by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Gabon, Guinean midfielder, Naby Keita, Sadio Mane of Senegal, and Egypt's Mohamed Salah. The Senegal global netted 13 goals and recorded eight assists with Liverpool and also helped Senegal reach their first World Cup since 2002.
Twenty-eight-year-old Aubameyang netted 35 goals and won the German Cup - becoming the Bundesliga top scorer - the first African to achieve the feat. Similarly, Mohamed Salah helped push Egypt over the line in World Cup Qualifying while proving himself a rock star for the Reds.
The victor of this year's award will be announced on Monday 11 December.
The shortlist also features Chelsea and Nigeria winger Victor Moses, who spent the 2013-14 season on loan at Liverpool.
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